Forest Gump

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"Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get." Forrest Gump is the portrayal of a man that has been alienated from society, not because he is unintelligent or dimwitted, but rather because he is not restricted by the conventional ideals which are embedded within his culture; thus, challenging the conformities and principals that most people are accustomed to. The contrast that Robert Zemeckis, director of the film, is attempting to convey through the character of Forrest Gump is how most people are too smart for there own good; and thus, try to escape the realities and actualities of life. While other characters in the story are suppressed by society's conflicts, Forrest remains blinded to all; hence, he is…show more content…
Society is more pleased living under the suppressions and misrepresentations of our culture, as opposed to coping with the truth and what comes along with it. Forest Gump is a person that many would label a contemporary holy fool which means that he possesses an extreme innocence that enables him to do great things. His mental incapabilities have their obvious disadvantages, but what is more worthy of discussion are the, not so obvious, advantages. His idealistic and optimistic view of the world and his innocence blind him to the evil in people, and consequently; he is able to find the best in each person he encounters. Robert Zemeckis directed the film in such a way to emphasize the notion that simple is better which ties with his main theme of destiny. Zemeckis also implies, through large contradictions in Gump's personality, that Gump's character is an impossibility in real life.
Gump is able to surmount all of society's restrictions. Even when he was a little boy people were trying to straighten him out with leg braces, but sure enough, he broke out of those. This pivotal moment in the movie marks the beginning of an absolutely great and optimistic lifestyle. However, Gump is not completely void of restrictions. He respects authority because of his mother, whom he adored and loved very much. A little later in his life, Gump joined the army

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